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For a military family on the go like the Brantlys, a portable education is the perfect match
The military life requires sacrifices. With K12, your children's education doesn't have to be one of them.
Indiana. Ohio. Florida. Michigan. These are the states Shelley Brantly and her family have moved into and out of in over a four year period. Shelley's husband is a dentist in the Air Force.
There probably aren't many civilians with a lifestyle as nomadic as this, but to people in the military it's all too familiar—and it can wreak havoc on a child's education. "You can move at any time in the military," says Shelley. "And at any time of year. Continuity in a child's education is extremely important. We're lucky to have K12."
With more than 55,000 students worldwide, K12 is the country's leading provider of online curriculum for kindergarten through high school. The K12 curriculum and online learning system can be accessed anywhere in the world there's an Internet connection (perfect for overseas postings). Parents have a variety of schooling options to choose from, including tuition-free virtual academies in over 25 states, and a private school—the K12 International Academy—available worldwide. Both options offer full teacher support and confer accredited high school diplomas upon graduation.
Shelley's two oldest kids—Coral, age 10, and Landon, age 8—have been learning with K12 from the start: "Essentially, K12 is the only education either of them have ever known." During the Brantlys' time in Dayton, Coral was a student at the Ohio Virtual Academy, a tuition-free, virtual public charter school. Otherwise, they've used K12's independent study option.
"One of the great things about the K12 curriculum," says Shelley, "is that no matter which schooling option you use, it's always the same K12 curriculum. So in all our moves, our kids have never missed a beat in their education, even when we've had to move in the middle of the semester."
A K12 education's seamlessness is enhanced by its portability. Being able to access the curriculum anywhere in the world has its advantages for a military family on the move—even if that move is just a temporary one. "When my husband goes on TDY," says Shelley, "we take the laptop—and therefore school—on the road with us. These may be short deployments, but it still keeps us closer together than if the kids were attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school."
The Brantlys' schooling days go something like this. Coral is up before her mother. She logs in to the Online School and dives right into language arts (which of course includes real books). "She loves to read," says Shelley, "so she always starts with literature." Then it's time to get started with Landon. "He's younger, and needs more help," she says. "They break for lunch around noon and then sometimes take a play break." Coral is in gymnastics, so the family has to be completely finished with school by three o'clock.
But what's continuity and portability without quality? Not a concern with K12. "I'm a teacher by trade," says Shelley. "When we decided to homeschool the kids, I knew exactly what I was looking for in a curriculum. When I saw K12, I knew it would be good."
The K12 curriculum is good in more ways than one. Not only does it deliver a high-quality education, but courses cross reference each other, with the curriculum building on itself—something the ex-teacher picked up on and appreciated right away. "A K12 history class will talk about Galileo, or Einstein, or Copernicus," says Shelley, "which will dovetail perfectly with what they're learning about at the same time in science class."
With multiple states and a variety of educational requirements to deal with, K12 does one other thing that, according to Shelley, comes in very handy: "I've come to realize what a treasure the Online School is. Requirements for education can vary greatly from state to state, from curriculum to attendance and beyond. With K12, it doesn't matter. Their Online School keeps track of everything. This is a godsend for families on the move."
K¹² gets kids into learning, so learning gets into them. And it keeps your educational experience organized and excellent, no matter where in the world you are. Learn more at K12.com/mil. Or call 866.667.1262 for more information.